Writer of facts and fiction

I write novels and stories inspired by sets of facts and bodies of knowledge. I'm a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and my writing appears in Iron Horse, Stone Canoe, Sport Literate, and elsewhere. Find my review of Best Microfiction 2021 at Trampset. I'm at work on a novel composed of short stories, all connected by water.

I live in Ithaca, New York, where I work as a writer for Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences, reporting on faculty research in a wide range of subjects. Recent favorites include articles on: baby talk, extreme astronomy, and a submarine robot named Icefin.

Send me a thought, a link, or a poem. I love to connect with people in the writing community. And fellow runners and theater geeks, too.

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Recent Blog Posts

Pink blossoms over a path

Crawl

By Kate Blackwood | May 5, 2020

A poem I wrote in late April 2019, after returning from a 10 day solo hiking trip in Japan.

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man running up a hill

Best Read of the Week: Nicholas Thompson on running, in WIRED

By Kate Blackwood | May 1, 2020

Three words stand out to me from the headline of Nicholas Thompson’s essay: Marathon. 44. And past.

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Woman on porch

Most improved

By Kate Blackwood | April 28, 2020

You have to start somewhere. And for a long time, I didn’t want to admit that I needed to start.

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